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Hospital ship, Africa Mercy of NGO humanitarian agency Mercy Ships operates the world’s largest charitable floating hospital. 75% of the world’s population live within 150km of a port city where the ship assists the world's poorest. Afloat adds that the former Scandinavian train-ferry, Dronning Ingrid, featured in a BBC TV documentary that followed medics from Northern Ireland as volunteers on board.
News Update
#MercyShips- Mercy Ships a NGO humanitarian agency and Stena Line, the world’s largest privately owned ferry company, have decided to enter a long-term partnership. The goal is to raise general awareness about the charity, promote volunteering and charitable giving both…
The Jeanie Johnston after departing Dublin's last drydock yesterday is seen at the Lead-In Jetty outside the entrance of the shiprepair /maintenance facility which is to be decommissioned. The barque without it upper section of the mizzen mast, was awaiting to be towed to a berth on the Liffey close to the Tom Clarke toll-bridge.
Tall Ships
#DryDocking – A replica 19th century famine emigrant tallship built to retrace Irish-north American history, Jeanie Johnston also made her own mark in Dublin Port yesterday as the final ship to use the capital’s last graving drydock, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Marine Notice: Training Course Statutory Certification In Ireland
Ports & Shipping
#MarineNotice - Marine Notice No 6 of 2017 from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) advises that anyone undertaking maritime training in Ireland should ensure that any course leading to certification is approved by and complies with the…
Jeanie Johnston being floated in dry dock at Dublin Port: it is the last ship in the port’s graving dock, which is being filled in as part of a €230 million project.
Dublin Port
#PortHistory - Jeanie Johnston made history when at Dublin Port yesterday the tall ship floated out of its graving dock. As the Irish Times writes the replica 19th century “Famine” ship is the last vessel to be worked on in…
Thames Shipping scene including Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) flagship Magellan which is regularly based out of Tilbury. At this terminal TV personality Gloria Hunniford christened the ship in recent years. To read more on CMV's flagship Magellen which is to make direct cruises from Dublin Port this season, click the link below.
Ports & Shipping
#LondonTrade - Port of London trade in 2016 reached the highest this decade, rising 10% to top 50 million tonnes for the first time since 2008. The strong performance reflects continued growth at terminals along the Thames where a pair…
Former pilot station ship Edmund Gardner off Liverpool's old landing stage 1950s-60s. Tours of the vessel are part of the In Safe Hands Exhibition.
Coastal Notes
#Exhibition - Dublin Port has strong historical trading links across the Irish Sea with the Port of Liverpool. The English north-west port is where an exhibiiton: In Safe Hands-The Story of the Liverpool Pilots is on display at the Merseyside…
Scotline have taken time-charter of Dutch short-sea trader Lady Adriane. The distinctive orange painted hulled cargoship had called to Wicklow Port.
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of the past fortnight. Scotline the short-sea timber products operator has taken a time-charter of Lady Ariane from a Dutch owner. The cargoship sailed from Varberg, Sweden…
Replica famine-emigrant barque Jeanie Johnston is to become the last ever ship to be dry docked in Dublin Port (seen there in 2014) which is to close marking an end of an era in Irish maritime heritage
Dublin Port
#DryDockClosure - The largest dry dock in the State and the last remaining working dry-dock (No. 2) in Dublin Port is to close marking an end of an era of our maritime heritage, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 200m dry dock…
RAIL&SAIL: Port of Larne where the ferry terminal is integrated with the railway station that serves passengers on the service connecting Belfast. The funnel is of P&O Ferries ropax European Causeway named after the famous Antrim coast landmark the Giant’s Causeway. Also visible are the twin chimney stacks of the older electricity power station at Ballylumford located on far side of the ferryport.
Ferry
#RailSail – The Port of Larne has the only integrated railway and ferry terminal on the island of Ireland, unlike Irish Rail's operated Rosslare Europort, writes Jehan Ashmore. In more recent times the Rosslare Harbour railway platform was relocated away…
Alexandra Basin (east) where Weser Highway berthed on the first call to Dublin Port for a new vehicle-carrier service linking Zeebrugge in Belgium.
Dublin Port
#NewService - Should you have seen a red-painted high-sided box shaped ship off the Irish east coast in recent weeks, it was likely to have been a vehicle-carrier, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ship been the 750 unit vehicle carrier Weser…
Unloading of wind turbines from BBC Orion berthed at Belview, Port of Waterford. Further such cargoes are scheduled throughout 2017.
Ports & Shipping
#WindTurbines- A first batch of tower sections for a wind turbine project arrived at Port of Waterford last week on board an Antigua and Bermuda flagged cargoship, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cargo was the first of nine tower sections of…
IRELAND-ICELAND: An Irish flagged bulk-carrier Arklow Mill departed the Shannon Estuary (pictured at Aughinish Alumina plant in recent years) has completed a voyage to Iceland this morning.
Shannon Estuary
#Ireland-Iceland – It is pleasing to pick up on an Irish flagged ship from previous years of reporting for Afloat, on this occasion a bulk-carrier that has completed an Ireland-Iceland voyage this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ship Arklow Mill…
The new £6.2m Strangford Lough carferry, Strangford II on its first official journey to Portaferry. The 28 vehicle newbuild replaces reserve ferry Strangford, an ageing Cork (Rusbrooke) built ferry.
Ferry
#Old&New – Fresh from annual dry-docking is Isle of Inishmore of Irish Ferries, that recently resumed Rosslare-Pembroke duties, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 34,000 gross tonnage cruiseferry had undergone routine maintenance work at A&P Falmouth, Cornwall. This year marks 20 years…
SOLENT WATERS: View from wheelhouse of short-sea trader Vedette. In recent years a fleetmate Velox stood-in for an Irish flagged cargoship (for ship's identity, read below) that went off UK-Channel Islands service for drydocking in Dublin.
Ports & Shipping
#TradingCowes – A pair of short-sea traders based at Cowes, Isle of Wight have called to two Irish east coast ports that are some 30 nautical miles apart, writes Jehan Ashmore. Vedette is docked in Dublin Port while at Wicklow…
SEA-DOG: Husky, a tug workboat made a short coastal passage from Howth Harbour to her homeport of Wickow Port this morning. She is seen last weekend on the Vartry and at a routine berth on the North Quay. Astern are boats of the fishing fleet of the east coast harbour.
Ports & Shipping
#Towage – Alpha Marine’s tug-workboat Husky headed to her homeport of Wicklow Port this morning having been at Howth Boatyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The robust looking Belfast registered 8 tonnes bollard pull tug had used the boat-haul or ‘Synchrolift’ facility…
DLRCoCo councillors unanimously agreed “serious risks for the local authority” had been raised in the due diligence report on Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company at a meeting last month
Ports & Shipping
#PortTransfer - The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DRCoCo) executive will undertake a full risk assessment into the transfer of ownership of Dun Laoghaire Harbour to the local authority, it has emerged. The assessment process will aim to identify the best…

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